CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Coronavirus Raises Workplace Issues

        PS&H employment Partner and Chair of the Labor & Employment Group, Alicia Samolis, provided comment to the Providence Business News (PBN) on the challenges employers are facing in balancing coronavirus concerns with the risk of unintentionally creating stigma and discrimination.

        In their recent article on how the coronavirus is impacting employers, the PBN referred to guidance distributed by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDD). Alicia explained that employers will have “wide latitude in sending employees home who seem to be ill if the CDC declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic.” As of early March, Alicia said the CDC had not yet declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

        Despite that, she was advising clients that they could send an employee home – without pay if they are hourly workers and have exhausted state-allowed sick leave – with the caveat there would be a small risk of a “regarded as” discrimination claim.

        But she warned employers that they should not ask to take their employees’ temperatures, which would only be allowed if a “severe” outbreak were declared locally. Even then, doing so might violate people’s rights.

        Alicia counseled that the coronavirus has raised numerous legal questions for local employers.

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